A dental implant is a permanent solution for anyone with missing, damaged, or decayed teeth. It operates just like your natural teeth, securing itself in place with a titanium post that acts as the tooth root. Dr. Wirth will also use a shade guide to ensure that it blends with your smile.
Another fantastic advantage of using a dental implant to restore your smile is that you won’t need to waste extra time during your daily brushing and flossing. Implants are one of the only restorations that you’ll treat like your natural teeth while cleaning.
If you want to live freely, smile with confidence, and become the most approachable version of yourself, a dental implant might be just what you need.
Even though implants are the gold standard treatment for missing teeth, some people might think that a bridge is the better option. While bridges are necessary in some cases, the majority of patients would benefit from a dental implant for a few reasons.
First, implants don’t require you to sacrifice the health of neighboring teeth, like you would with bridges. This means Dr. Wirth can easily replace a gap and you’ll leave our office with a complete, attractive smile.
Another key difference is that a dental implant will preserve your jawbone because it provides stimulation as you use it. Without an implant, the bone will begin to deteriorate.
Finally, your smile will always look healthier in the long-run with implants. It’s easier to clean than a bridge, and if your gums begin to recede, your restoration will still sit discreetly in your smile, unlike an exposed bridge.
We can use a single dental implant to restore a gap in your smile, and it’ll only take two office visits to complete. After your consultation with Dr. Wirth, you’ll arrive for your placement procedure — the first visit in the implant process. The procedure is minimally invasive, and it involves Dr. Writh securing the implant in your jawbone.
While you let the surgical site heal, your jawbone will immediately begin to bond with it through a process called osseointegration. This bond creates a sturdy foundation for the rest of the implant. During this downtime, our local dental laboratory will design and manufacture your one-of-a-kind crown.
The second part of the process begins after your mouth has had time to heal. When Dr. Wirth is confident the implant fixture is stable, you’ll return for your final visit. During this time, he’ll place the permanent dental crown. Our crowns are made from porcelain, an attractive tooth-colored material that will make any smile look healthier than before.
Dr. Douglas Wirth
Dr. Derek Wirth
794 East Whidbey Avenue
Oak Harbor, WA
Monday: 8:00am to 5:00pm
Tuesday: 8:00am to 5:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am to 5:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am to 5:00pm